Build Your Career HERE – Starting a New Business
Apr12

Build Your Career HERE – Starting a New Business

Northeast Indiana is obviously a great place to live and work. In the past few weeks, we have talked to a variety of employers and experts that have given testimony to the opportunities and resources at your disposal here. While it may not be for everyone, our experts agree that sometimes it is okay to venture out on your own. No one knows your passions and work style better than yourself. Taking a bold step toward independently sharing your skills and expertise may just be what the career counselor ordered. If entrepreneurship is in your future, you need to know how to succeed and who is here to help.     What are the best industries in northeast Indiana? Whether you are going for a more traditional work path or venturing out on your own, you need to know what our region has to offer. According to the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Logistics & E-Commerce, Specialty Insurance, Medical Device & Technology, Vehicles, Food & Beverage, Advanced Materials, and Design and Craftsmanship are the seven target industries in our region. What does that mean? It means that these industries are growing and producing quality jobs in our region. These industries are a result of our region’s culture and need for economic growth. Now that you know the fields, how do you pick which one to pursue? Is one better than another? According to Sonya Snellenberger-Holm, there isn’t really a best. “I’m a fan of all walks of life and all jobs.”  The Partnership is there to promote all fields that could potentially bring growth. On the other hand, Karl LaPan believes health care and financial services offer compelling opportunities as these industries transform and innovate. This translates to more potential opportunities. I sat down and chatted with Rhonda Ladig of Start Fort Wayne, an entrepreneurial resource center in downtown Fort Wayne. She said that successful local entreprenuers are in just about every field. The common industry that most of these local entrepreneurs are connected to is e-commerce. It doesn’t matter if you are selling something physical or a service, it is all selling online. You can effectively run a business from the comfort of your laptop. When you are looking for research on these industries, where exatly do you go? Jim Johnson said “a great resource to answer this question is the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. No one knows more about northeast Indiana more than this dedicated group of professionals. Their website is full of resources and information.” If you want to learn more about the specifics of target industries, you can download a report straight from the website. Theresa Steele added to...

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Build Your Career HERE – Learning New Skills
Mar02

Build Your Career HERE – Learning New Skills

Part of securing yourself in a job is having the skills to go all the way. Yes, you need to know the essential functions of a job before you sign on the dotted line, but if you really want to succeed, you should also know how to communicate, how to be a leader, and how to fail gracefully. Depending on your comfort zone and your age, there are a variety of different ways for you to go out and find a little leadership coaching. Age has been on my side, and I have been afforded the opportunity to be a part of the Emerging Leaders Alliance through the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. This group’s mission is to develop a community of future leaders in Northeast Indiana and create opportunities for action, growth, and regional pride. We do this through working on Vision 2030 committees, hosting social and professional development events, working on strengths training, connecting with our community leaders with professional development book clubs, and of course, supporting our entire region however we can. Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) similarly affords this to me. While it is meant for a larger audience and a broader age range, it has different focus areas and many leadership roles for those who are interested. The opportunities to be vice chair of Living Fort Wayne (part of YLNI) and secretary of the ELA were only because I stepped out of my comfort zone and went out and looked to make myself and my community better. Luckily, many people were there to hold my hand, figuratively. Not everyone is in their 30s and able to dance between the kids and the adults. Some of us have more to lose and need to get the skills and networking now. I went back to the same experts I talked to last week and asked them about where you need to go in order to go far.   What are the best networking groups in the area? I will tell you this now because three people said it, but First Fridays is the place to be. According to Karl LaPan of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center(NIIC), Theresa Steele of Steele Business Coaching and Jim Johnson of 3 Rivers (also one of the founders), it is the best networking experience in town. According to Karl LaPan, “it is more than a networking group, it is also solid leadership development, so First Fridays is exceptional. This monthly meeting is a high return on investment. On one of my visits, I had five meetings and lunches as a result of attending and participating in the monthly event. The content and...

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Build Your Career HERE – Changing Paths
Feb20

Build Your Career HERE – Changing Paths

How many of you feel like leaving your current job will be a job in itself? Your resume may be solid if you are staying in your current field. The problem is that jobs are limited in many fields and require people to leave the region if they want to advance in your industry. If you want to stay close to your friends or family, sometimes you have to think outside of the employment box. Even if you are ready to do this, your resume can be more of a curse. You work your whole life to make that piece of paper seem exciting and important, but when you decide to take a chance and make a change, it hurts you more than it helps you because your employer only sees your employment history and not your valuable talents. We all get it. Finding a job can be hard. Even if unemployment is low, one line on a resume can make someone else look just a little bit better. So what exactly do you do if you are wanting to make that change? Well, it isn’t quite as difficult as it feels. I talked to some industry experts in business consulting, economic development, management, professional development and entrepreneurial development. Unsurprisingly, these people had some of the same advice.   So how exactly do you find a career that is out of your normal work scope? Even the experts have made big career changes and have found successes. Sonya Snellenberger-Holm, Project Manager for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership told me, “I made a big shift in jobs when I started at the Regional Partnership. Before starting my job in economic development, I had only worked in the restaurant industry. While the two aren’t related I do think that being a bartender/server helped shape what I really wanted in a career. I knew I wanted a job where I could talk to people and build relationships with them. I also knew that I wanted a job that the result would make people feel happy. People like to go out to eat to socialize and have a good experience; people also like when their personal per capita income is raised, and they have more access to jobs. It takes very different steps to get to the result, but the outcome is the same. I like to make people happy. For anyone switching careers to something that is out of their norm, I would suggest going back to the basics. What makes you happy? Trust in the process and welcome the new change in your life, you never know what new stories you’ll...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 01/08/18
Jan08

This Week in Entrepreneurship – 01/08/18

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner interested in participating in our popular “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” survey? Visit our Entrepreneurship Spotlight page for more information about how to submit your information. Each week there is space available right here to display your tips and advice to other small business owners in the area. Click here for a complete listing of past spotlights. Last Week at 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne 1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. The events occur almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information. Last week’s presenter was Josh Garno Computer Graphics. Notes from Around the Region Community Resource +1 Entrepreneurship Interviews by Steve Franks “+1 Entrepreneur Interviews celebrate Fort Wayne area entrepreneurs who deserve an upvote. This post celebrates Cartt, a fast-growing on demand delivery service headquartered in Fort Wayne.” Dylan Belcher, Justin Davis and Seth Lugibihl of Cartt Upcoming Events 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays Upcoming presenters: January 10 – TBD January 17 – Brett Meyer, Donation Spring 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Learn about SBA 8(a) Certification (Online) Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Easy Tax Planning and Organizing for Small Businesses (Webinar) Tuesday, January 9, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Business Start-Up 101 (Online) Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Tips for Getting High Paying Clients (Webinar) Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Young Entrepreneurs Meetup – Believe In Your Business Community Saturday, January 13, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM The Fundamentals of Selling B2B (Webinar) Tuesday, January 16, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Marketing to the Federal Government (Online) Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Is Your Workplace Safe? (Webinar) Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Digital Marketing Trends in 2018 (Webinar) Tuesday, January 23, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Uncover Untapped Revenue in Your Business (Webinar) Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Biggest HR Mistakes Small Businesses Make (and How to Fix Them) (Webinar)  Thursday, February 1, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM eCom18 – eCommerce and Logistics Conference Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Generate Sales on Autopilot with Pre-Recorded Webinars (Webinar) Thursday, February 8, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ESB -Encourage Small Business Symposium 2018 Wednesday, February 28, 2018 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM Ideas@work Event Series Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Submit Your Entrepreneurship Events and Announcements Do you have an event coming up?...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 01/02/18
Jan02

This Week in Entrepreneurship – 01/02/18

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner interested in participating in our popular “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” survey? Visit our Entrepreneurship Spotlight page for more information about how to submit your information. Each week there is space available right here to display your tips and advice to other small business owners in the area. Click here for a complete listing of past spotlights. Last Week at 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne 1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. The events occur almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information. There was no 1MC presenter for last week. The presenter for December 20, 2017 was Erik Magner, Meister Cook LLC Notes from Around the Region Community Resources Launch Women Business Builder Program is seeking applicants for pilot cohort From Women’s Economic Opportunity Center FAQ Sheet Women-owned businesses in Indiana are under-represented—lack of access to capital, entrepreneurial tools, mentoring, and resources. Most women-owned businesses remain a solopreneur. That’s perfectly fine for some. For female founders demanding more, we offer Launch Women Business Builder. Upcoming Events 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays Upcoming presenters: January 3 – Josh Garno Computer Graphics January 10 – TBD January 17 – Brett Meyer, Donation Spring 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM First Fridays Leadership Forum – Karl LaPan, NIIC Friday, January 5, 2018 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Learn about SBA 8(a) Certification (Online) Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Easy Tax Planning and Organizing for Small Businesses (Webinar) Tuesday, January 9, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Business Start-Up 101 (Online) Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Tips for Getting High Paying Clients (Webinar) Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Young Entrepreneurs Meetup – Believe In Your Business Community Saturday, January 13, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM The Fundamentals of Selling B2B (Webinar) Tuesday, January 16, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Marketing to the Federal Government (Online) Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Is Your Workplace Safe? (Webinar) Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Digital Marketing Trends in 2018 (Webinar) Tuesday, January 23, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Uncover Untapped Revenue in Your Business (Webinar) Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Biggest HR Mistakes Small Businesses Make (and How to Fix Them) (Webinar)  Thursday, February 1, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Generate Sales on Autopilot with Pre-Recorded Webinars (Webinar) Thursday, February 8, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM...

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